Vodafone is the first mobile operator in Australia to disclose plans for a commercial NFC payment launch, though it has not announced a target date for when it plans to launch the service.
The operator announced its NFC-enabled SmartPass app Tuesday, which will put a Visa payWave prepaid application issued by ANZ bank on Vodafone-issued NFC SIM cards. Subscribers would be able to fund the card with other Visa- or MasterCard-branded accounts. The telco is trialing the service with the Samsung Galaxy S III among about 100 Vodafone and Visa employees.
“We are still working through this detail,” a Vodafone Hutchison Australia spokeswoman told NFC Times of the planned commercial launch. “It could launch as early as next year depending on the success of our precommercialization program.”